Are you spending more time at home these days? You aren’t the only one. While it’s easy to stay in your pajamas and watch movies from the couch, a sedentary lifestyle isn’t always the healthiest. The key to living a healthier lifestyle while spending most of your time at home is by setting yourself up for success. A few simple lifestyle changes can really help you to live your best life, even if it’s from the comfort of your home and backyard.
In this article, we dive into some of the best and most helpful healthy living tips for spending more time at home.
Create a Daily Schedule
The more time we spend at home, the easier it is to fall into a rut. With no clear schedule in place, you can spend your days watching TV, laying in bed and watching the time pass you by. Instead, why not take a proactive approach to your new lifestyle by creating a schedule and sticking to it?
Your schedule starts with setting a time to wake up and go to bed. Once you’ve determined these times, it’s easier to plan and fill your day. While it’s important to account for productivity in your day, such as grocery shopping and housework, it’s important that you also set aside time for yourself, family and work.
This schedule can also provide you with the opportunity to plan for healthy lifestyle changes. Whether it be a 15-minute walk while you enjoy your morning coffee or attending a regular virtual yoga class, if you schedule it, you’re more likely to do it!
The sooner you set a schedule in place for yourself, the sooner you can start enjoying a more productive and healthier lifestyle.
Set Healthy Habits
Some might argue that spending more time at home can actually set you up for success when trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Many factors that would stray you away from making healthy choices are reduced, if not eliminated. Forget being tempted to get desert while out for dinner with friends or stocking up on snacks while at the movies, now that you are spending more time at home, you can play a more active role in your health and wellness, without additional temptation.
The more healthy choices we make, the more they can become habitual. While some habits are formed naturally and subconsciously, others can actually be enforced by you.
Some healthy habits you may want to start implementing can include:
- Going to bed early to gain more hours of rest and sleep.
- Reading more books and stepping away from technology.
- Practicing yoga or meditation to relax and unwind.
- Soaking in a hot tub or swim spa regularly to enjoy hydrotherapy.
- Drinking enough water every day, a minimum of 8-10 cups
- Spending more time outside enjoying the sunshine and physical activity
- Attending a virtual class or committing to regular physical activity
Which healthy habits will you commit to?
We can’t stress it enough – getting outside can be crucial to your emotional, mental and physical health. The fresh air, sunshine and sounds of nature can really help to shift your mood in a more positive and motivated direction. While outside, you can do a variety of things which can also help you to be the healthiest version of yourself.
Going out for a walk can really help you hit your daily step goal. Whether it’s just around the corner or an hour of brisk walking around your neighbourhood, walking can help to work your muscles, engage your cardiovascular system and help you clear your mind. Queue up a playlist, listen to an audio book or have a friend or family member (from your bubble, of course) tag along to help the time go by faster and more enjoyably.
You can go outside with the full intention of getting a workout in. Some choose to go for a run, climb a set of stairs or go swimming, while others may choose to practice yoga or go for a bike ride. With the right equipment, you could even create a circuit in your own backyard.
Playing with Kids or Pets
Do you often sit down while your kids or dog is playing outside? Instead of sitting on the sidelines, join in on the fun! Not only will you create memories with loved ones and strengthen bonds, but also engage your cardiovascular system!
Soak in a Spa
Spending your time relaxing in an outdoor hot tub or swim spa installation is really the best of both worlds. Not only can you experience the many benefits of spending time outside, but also the health and lifestyle improvements that a spa can offer. From eased aches and pains, to better sleep patterns and reduced stress, the reasons to spend time in a hot tub or swim spa truly go on and on!
Invest in Your Backyard
Just because you’re spending more time at home, doesn’t mean it needs to be inside your house! In fact, many homeowners are taking advantage of this opportunity to create the backyard paradise that they have always dreamed of. Not only will a more functional and stylish backyard give you a reason to spend more time outside, but they can also pave the way to an overall healthier lifestyle.
If you’re looking for ways to invest in your backyard living space, here are some ideas to help you get started:
Most backyard living spaces are more than equipped to handle the installation of a hot tub. All you need is access to water, electricity and a strong foundation, such as gravel covered by concrete pavers or a solid deck.
The installation and regular use of a hot tub can help you to live a healthier lifestyle in many ways. For one, routine hydrotherapy can help to lift pressure from muscles, and surround your body with warm, healing water. Combined with gentle massage from the hot tub jets, you can look forward to eased muscle tension, soothed joint pain, reduced feelings of stress, better sleep patterns, and better overall mobility.
Many of us are familiar with the enjoyment that a swimming pool can bring. You can look forward to summer days spent lounging by the pool, quality time spent with family and friends or a refreshing water workout. From entertainment and enjoyment, to relaxation and recreation, your swimming pool can provide the perfect addition to your backyard and healthy lifestyle.
Swim spas offer many of the same benefits as a swimming pool and hot tub, but in one compact system. Users can enjoy a relaxing soak or an invigorating water workout. The best part? The buoyancy of the water helps to create a low-impact experience, so you don’t have to worry about the after effects of a workout on your muscles and joints.
Heater, BBQ or Fire Feature
Bring the heat to your backyard living space with the addition of a fire feature. A fire pit or fire table can help to keep you warm and comfortable, while spending time outside with loved ones. If fire isn’t your style, a patio heater can also be used to help keep you and your loved ones comfortable once the sun goes down and temperature continues to lower.
Another investment in your backyard that can help you to live a healthier lifestyle is a BBQ! Not only does a BBQ allow you to cook your food outside without heating up the house or leaving behind the scent of your cooking, but it also encourages you to eat outside, too! Weather permitting of course. Not to mention the number of healthy BBQ recipes that are sure to satisfy your cravings while fueling your body with nutrients and energy.
Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Backyard Living of Surrey
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